Monday, August 16, 2010

The "Unrealistic Part"

Maybe it's not so unrealistic anymore.

What used to be unrealistic was me just running a marathon. Now the unrealistic part that I'm achieving is running faster.

The past couple weeks I've been doing interval training. Mostly I run/walk at 3/6 mph. But sometimes I kick it up to run 7 or 7.5. That's big for me. When I first started running in 2006 for the Couch to 5K program, I was running at 4 mph.

Today's run was:

5 minutes walking
2 minutes running, 1 minute walking, repeat 7 times
5 minutes cooling down

31 minutes, 2.25 miles total

It was a great run!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I have a race!

Kind of like I have a dream, only a lot sweatier.

My family and I have won lottery tickets for the Aramco Half Marathon! Hubby (yes, he's now my hubby!) and I debated a lot about how to train. I loved running with HoustonFit, but the downsides are its just too freaking hot outside, and when it does cool off, they still meet really early in the morning. Plus, when you have someone to run with, it's a lot easier to stick to your own schedule.

So, we will not be joining a running club. I have developed a plan myself, combining HoustonFit, Galloway, Hal Higdon, and the Couch to 5K program.

Today was the official start, although I've been running 2-3 miles on a pretty regular basis lately. Today's run was 2.65 miles long (2.5 plus cool down, 32 minutes total). I ran 19 of those minutes at 6 mph (on the treadmill) and then 13 of those minutes at 3.5 mph (walking on the treadmill).

We are also in for the Texas Independence Relay again, and I'm hoping to do the Gateway to the Bay Triathlon.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

8 Miler with Bay Area Fit

This Saturday David and I got up and went for a run with Bay Area Fit. It was a 8 mile out and back course, but David still got lost :)

I had a really good run though. Sometimes it's tough to run alone because I think about Dad and how much of a running inspiration he was for me, and then I get a little choked up.

But I ran the 8 miles in just under 2 hours! No stopping!

Friday, December 18, 2009


I've been absent from blogging, and wanted to post quickly in remembrance. My dad passed away November 8th, 2009. He was my inspiration for running, the whole reason I run marathons was because I knew that if my dad could do it I could. Thanks Dad, I miss you.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Two for the price of one!

I'm getting a bit spoiled by the cool weather. Sunday was significantly warmer then recent, so instead of getting up super early to run, I opted to sleep in instead. However, I did get to the gym in the afternoon, and stayed on the treadmill for an hour! I ran about 4.5 miles:

400m walking at 3.5 mph
4 miles running at 4.5 mph
400 m walking at 3.5 mph

I actually ran out of 60 minutes the treadmill automatically starts a cool down phase. :) Oh, and what helped me not get bored on the treadmill? Thankfully at Crew it's never very crowded, so I was able to plop down right in front of a TV, get the remote all to myself, put on the Men in Black movie, AND set up the large fan directly behind me. Oh, life at a gym is plush.

This morning DF and I got up to go to the gym. I started with a mile run:

400 m walking at 3.5
800 m running at 6 mph
400 m walking at 3.5

Then I moved on to lift weights.

Bicep curls at 10 lbs each arm
Over-the-head triceps at 20 lbs
Shoulder press at 10 lbs each arm
Chest Press at 10 lbs each arm

I also caught up with the cardio cycling instructor. She teaches a class M W F at 5:30 am. My mom does cardio cycling, and I think it would be a great calorie burning, cross training exercise.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Easy" run

Hopped on the treadmill last night to complete an easy run. Turns out, as one could imagine, that unless you are doing tempo or interval training, treadmills are really boring.

400 m 3.5 mph
2000 m 4.5 mph
400 m 3.5 mph

So close to 2.25 miles. My calves were pretty tight the whole time, which might be a treadmill thing? After wards I went a did some weights:

15 lbs, over the head triceps
10 lbs, each hand bicep curls

I did the weights on Sunday too at home. Gotta start working on those Obama-mama arms I want to show off in my wedding dress!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Changing seasons brings....

sunburns, longer runs, more sleep, more running company...

Yay! This morning when I woke up (at 7:15 am) it was 54 degrees out! Perfect for a run, if not a bit cold.

DF and I headed out for the run a bit before 8. He biked while I ran. I covered a little less then 12 miles. I drank a lot of water (a gallon!) and ate 4 Gu packets. I def got tired out towards the end, but it felt pretty good.

However, I was exhausted afterwards! I really need to get back to mandatory nap time.

My course was out our block the long way and then around W. 11th St Park and then all the way up the White Oak Bayou Trail and back. It was georgeous out, and eventually got pretty sunny...I'm not quite burned but my freckles multiplied.

Yay! I'm officially tapering. I have been thinking about doing the Koala and Luke's Locker Half, but it's just so time consuming and I dont want to be a zombie all day Sunday (we're carving pumpkins!)